Legal Issues

Talk About High Turnover

People at the Lee County Library System in Florida seem to have trouble holding onto emplyees. Since 1999, they have lost ten administrators. Some blame the director. [more...] from News Press.

US Supreme Court rules in freelance writers case

Someone writes \"The Supreme Court ruled today that database vendors such as LEXIS need the consent of freelance journalists to reproduce their articles and photographs.

Full Story from CNN\"


The court ruled 7-2 that compilation in an electronic database is different from other kinds of archival or library storage of material that once appeared in print. So now companies need writers permission before stories go online. The case is New York Times v. Tasini, 00-201

Will Libraries Find Themselves Ensnared In Web of Double Standards?

From the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal...

\"America\'s public library systems may find themselves caught in a sort of legal hell, where they face First Amendment lawsuits if they move to restrict Internet access and civil-rights lawsuits if they don\'t. It could also mean a curious double standard, under which restrictions on Internet usage and access to protect children from X-rated material are legally forbidden while the same restrictions would be required to protect librarians themselves from a hostile work environment.\" [more...]

New bill in Congress Inflicts More On Libraries

Mary Minow writes \"Rep. Felix Grucci introduced a bill May 15 to amend section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 to require schools and libraries receiving universal service assistance to block access to Internet services that enable users to access the World Wide Web and transfer electronic mail in an anonymous manner. This Act is cited as the `Who Is E-Mailing Our Kids Act\'.

A library would need to certify that it`(i) is enforcing a policy regarding anonymous Internet connection that includes the operation of a technology protection measure with respect to any of its computers with Internet access that prevents use of such computers to access an online privacy service that enables a user--

`(I) to send electronic mail anonymously; or

`(II) to access the World Wide Web anonymously; and

`(ii) is enforcing the operation of such technology protection measure during any use of such computers.\';

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query Look up H.R. 1846 \"

The State of Copyright Etc...

Worldwide Copyrights a Quagmire? from Wired on The Hague Convention.

Free Software Leaders Stand Together is an interesting rebuttle to some dumb things Microsoft said.

CNET has Professor warns of threat to free speech on how bad things are getting.

DMCA Misses the Mark

eCompany has a nice Story on the DMCA.

They say Media companies are quick to invoke the DMCA but it won\'t work. The DMCA is clearly losing the war being fought against it on two fronts.
1. The law is being invoked in cases where its ability to deter anybody\'s behavior is questionable
2. It\'s being used to preempt rights that are close to Americans\' hearts.

R.I.P. stupid law

Schools Are Joining the Digital Copyright Battle

Brock writes \"This interesting article recently appeared in BusinessWeek. Here is the Story \"


Teachers have been able to use portions of books, music, and videos under fair use since copyright laws were changed in 1976. Now online colleges are being treated differently. Technology Education & Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act would give online professors the freedom to show instructional videos, e-mail literary works, and download short music clips without getting permission or paying.

Not suprisingly, publishers (via the APA) say this is unnecessary, unjustified and unfair. Their view is the creators and producers of online course content are being denied fair market value for their products when no one is pushing for federal legislation to eliminate the need to pay for computers, software, Internet access, faculty salaries or tuition, or any of the other costs involved in online education.
No suprise there, after all they \"have a very serious issue with librarians\".

DMCA Hearings Round Up

NPR ran a Show [You\'ll need Real Player to listen] on this mess.

Wired has Copyright Clash Shutters Speech a nice overview, and DVD Piracy Judges Resolute a look at the hearings held yesterday in NYC.
This is the first case to test the DMCA.

Slashdot also has a Report From The 2600 Appeal Hearing, a very thorough and complete look at the hearings.

Stories from The NYTimes, and The USA Today

Libraries in a Digital and Aggressively Copyrighted World

Ann Bartow has written an intersting Paper that looks at how technology and legal issues are affecting libraries. It\'s a great paper that covers the past, present and future of the legal issues that surround libraries.

As Fair Use is slowly taken away from us using laws like the DMCA, Copyright Term Extension Act, and who knows that else, I really think this is the kind of thing we need to be worried about. Where is the passion and emotion I see in the filtering issue when it comes to legal issues?

Using Books as Evidence Against Their Readers

NY Times is running a Story that James Nimmo sent in on the law and book records.

They say searches or subpoenas have been sought for Borders bookstores in both Massachusetts and Kansas, at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver and Amazon.com.

\"What we\'re afraid of is that it is a bad idea that is getting increasing publicity and occurring to more and more police — to short-circuit the investigative process and go straight to a bookstore.\"

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